This was an awesome week. Team Randori had the chance to travel to Aurora Colorado and train with one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in the state. Portela BJJ is run by Shawn Portela, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt, founder and Lead Instructor for Portela Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Shawn began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu nearly seven years ago after quitting a boring white-collar job in the satellite communications industry to pursue his drams of being an entrepreneur and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor. Having led a competitive, athletic lifestyle prior to becoming a full-time professional, Shawn longed to incorporate sports and health back into his everyday lifestyle. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provided Shawn with that opportunity. If you ask him to describe what his academy specializes in he will tell you that their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is meant for everyone regardless of age, gender, size or fitness level. The basis of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art is to promote the concept of a smaller, weaker individual defending and/or submitting a bigger, stronger aggressor by using proper technique and leverage. By taking the fight to the ground, an individual can use positional control or apply a submission, such as choke holds or joint-locks, to subdue an assailant. As a combat sport, self-defense system or martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most effective grappling and martial art, in the world. So if your in the area be sure to check em out. You wont be sorry.
There has been a bit of a shakeup to the UFC’s big July show in Las Vegas that will likely affect future cards as well.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Dana White announced that bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will no longer face T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 213 due to Garbrandt suffering a back injury. With that title fight off the July 8 pay-per-view card, another title fight was punched in as a replacement, albeit for an interim title.
Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will square off in the co-main event for the interim middleweight title. This effectively pushes the women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko into the main event.
White said that an interim title fight was created after champion Michael Bisping was sidelined with a knee injury. He was originally expected to face Georges St-Pierre in the summer but things became complicated when the former welterweight champion suggested that he wouldn’t be available to compete until fall. Dana White called the Bisping-GSP fight off after Bisping stated that he would also be unable to defend his title. He hasn’t fought since last October when he defeated Dan Henderson.
Perhaps just as intriguing as the UFC 213 shakeup was the announcement that T.J. Dillashaw will be moved into an August title fight with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Johnson is on the verge of breaking the all-time record for most consecutive title defenses. He currently has 10 and is tied with Anderson Silva.
A date hasn’t been announced but there was speculation that Johnson would headline a PPV card in Seattle that would likely be UFC 215.
For 30 year, in addition to sponsoring elite pro skateboarders, snowboarders, volleyball players and urban dancers, John Paul Dejoria has been the “Shogun” sponsor of Team Paul Mitchell Karate (TPMK). That support arose mostly because of the integrity of Steven Babcock the team’s original heavyweight fighter, that impressed Dejoria.
Babcock had previously lived in Los Angles, CA and was a tenant at a Dejiria-owned property. Dejoria had given Babcock his credit card to make some purchases while working on his house. According to Dejoria, the gesture was a simple test of trust to see how Babcock then just 19, would handle the responsibility and privilege. He apparently scored a 4.0 on that ethics test. Per Dejoria, that integrity went into TPMK as well.
Over the years, the TPMK sponsorship has grown as players and opportunities have risen. With an average of $11,000 to $14,000 per team event, toady the annual sponsorship budget is approximately $100,000.
Since 1987, Dejoria’s sponsorship has covered the cost of TPMK competing nationally and internationally. His initial outlay of cash saw the team dethrone the baddest team on the circuit Team Randori. After TPMK delivered a butt kicking of monumental proportions on national television, Team Randori lost the majority of their sponsorship’s.
30 years later. TPMK continues to live by the “we” not the “me” policy because the leadership coaches and managers.